Scientology's Spy Program: Anatomy of a Covert Operation (UPDATED)

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Marc Headley now knows which of his friends were spies
Update after the jump: More OSA documents that explain the goals for OSA spies, as well as instructions for how to get your flight information!

For Scientology watchers, one of the reasons this is a particularly exciting time is that we're getting our hands on remarkable church documents, smuggled out through one of Scientology's top former executives.

At Marty Rathbun's blog, formerly secret documents made public in recent days have revealed a Western U.S. "enemies list," as well as an accounting of that region's ordinary (and celebrity) Scientologists willing to do intelligence work. Another leaked e-mail showed how a high-level and wealthy church member trashed the reputation of a well-known Hollywood acting coach because he had fallen behind in his Scientology training.

But for me, the documents that have proved most interesting are the ones that detail OSA's black-ops work against church enemies.

The Office of Special Affairs is Scientology's intelligence and covert operations wing. (And sometimes you just have to stop and let that sink in. Imagine your local Baptist or Presbyterian church having an official Intelligence office. Difficult, isn't it?)

There's a mountain of information online about the disturbing things OSA and its predecessor, The Guardian's Office, have done in the name of Scientology. But it can still be surprising, and instructive, to see how OSA operatives work in a particular case.

I've been talking with Marc Headley lately about his own experiences since leaving Scientology in 2005. We wrote earlier about his thrilling escape narrative, Blown For Good, a book I highly recommend for its vivid account of life at Scientology's secretive headquarters in the California desert.

Recently, Headley received some formerly secret OSA documents from Rathbun which describe how, shortly after he left the church, Headley's friends were used as spies to gather information about him. Headley says he hasn't revealed the contents of the documents at his blog, but he decided to share them with the Voice. And he not only decoded some of their arcane language for us but also explained how he confirmed the information in them and learned more fully how his church had gone after him once he decided to leave.

At "Gold," or "Int," names for the Hemet headquarters, Headley held various jobs in technical fields. He oversaw the fabrication of truckloads of cassette tapes that contained L. Ron Hubbard's lectures, he helped build recording studios, and he was involved in the manufacture of e-meters.

In 2005, when he "blew" -- church jargon for fleeing -- Headley had to make his life all over again. With his technical background, Headley knew he could make a living. At first, however, he knew he'd have to rely on his contacts with other Scientologists to help him get on his feet. As Headley began building his own business, he needed friends.

And that's what OSA targeted, the documents suggest. "They were trying to cut any connections that I had," Headley says.

How did Scientology attempt to do that? By turning every Scientologist Marc knew into a source of information. What follows is an image of the top portion of one document which Marc received from Rathbun and shared with me:

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"MH" and "CH" refer to Marc and Claire Headley, who each escaped from Int headquarters and were making their new life together at the time of this document, 2006.

The document refers to "terminals," and I asked Marc about that. "In Scientology, that's what you call a person," he answered.

Then comes a list of names. Each of them were friends, some close, some not, who were known to the Headleys and who could be helpful to them as they rebuilt their lives.

As the document indicates, these people could be encouraged to cut ties with the Headleys by being "confronted with the facts" of their own situations and with an "R-Factor" from "IJC."

I asked Marc for help. What the hell does any of that jargon add up to?

Each of the people listed, Headley responded, had their own problems in Scientology. Some of them had been "declared" and were now untouchable "Suppressive Persons." One of the men, for example, was now being shunned even though the rest of his family was still in Scientology. The only way he and the others could get back in the good graces of the church -- and in some cases, ever see their family members again -- was to make progress in the eyes of the church, progress measured in "A to E steps," Headley explained.

While they were declared SPs, the only person in Scientology they could talk to is known as the International Justice Chief, or IJC. And that person could be persuaded to give these wayward Scientologists a stern talking to -- a "reality factor" or "R-factor" in church parlance.

Are you keeping up? What this amounts to so far is that Scientology's OSA was sizing up Headley's friends to see if they could be scared into spying on and then disconnecting with Marc and Claire or face the prospect of never regaining their good standing with the church.

The document then goes through each person in turn, describing their relationships to the Headleys, their standing in the church, and how each might be used to gather information.

In particular, the OSA operatives were interested in how these friends had already helped the church confirm, once and for all, that it was Headley who had been criticizing Scientology on the Internet using the screen name "BFG," for "Blown for Good." (Headley explains that in Scientology, there's an expectation that someone who blows once will do it again in the future. So he came up with the name Blown for Good to emphasize how thoroughly finished with the church he had become. Later, he used the name as the title of his book and today is widely known by the handle. At the time, in 2005 and 2006, OSA and the church were desperate to know for sure which former member was writing about Scientology under the handle.)

After running through each of the friends to see who could be used and in what ways, there's a surprising entry in the document:

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Jeff Hawkins was once the leading advertising expert for Scientology. It was his "volcano" television ads you might remember from the 1980s and which helped the church expand to its greatest extent. Hawkins wrote about his remarkable journey in Scientology in a book we reviewed last year, Counterfeit Dreams.

By October, 2006, Hawkins had been out of Scientology for more than a year. Headley assumes he was listed as a friend on the document because some time before, he had invited Hawkins to a get-together at Outback Steakhouse along with his other friends who turned out to be spies.

I called Hawkins last night to tell him about the entry on the document, which he was unaware of. He sounded a little taken aback. "It sounded like they had good intelligence lines. I'm not sure who they were talking to," he said. All of the information in the entry is accurate, he added. "They were right about that, I did come out and talk to the press," he says. Hawkins was one of the former high-level executives who went public about their witnessing Scientology leader David Miscavige -- "COB," for chairman of the board -- getting violent with underlings, including Hawkins himself. To Scientologists, this kind of bad press is called "entheta," and church members are instructed to ignore it.

(We went on to talk briefly about how things are going for him -- business is good, Hawkins says, and he's not had any recent problems with the church.)

The entry also mentions Chuck Beatty, an ex-Scientologist and Sea Org member who left in 2003 and became a vocal and fierce critic of the church. His Internet postings, in this case about Hawkins, were being watched extremely closely.

Besides talking to Headley and Hawkins to confirm that the document reflected what was happening to them in 2006, we also confirmed with one of the named friends that the description reflected their interaction with OSA during this period. We're not naming that person at their request.

Headley says that he began to be aware of the spy operation against him through another document -- a court deposition in his failed lawsuits against the church. (The Headleys sued Scientology over the way they had been treated as employees during their years at the desert base, including Claire's forced abortions and their low pay, but their two lawsuits were dismissed last year.) When Headley read the deposition of one of his friends, he realized the man had been feeding information about him to church operatives, he says. Another man listed in the OSA document the Headleys had already suspected, he says, because the man was driving down from the Bay Area just to have conversations with them. It struck them as odd.

Once he got documents about the OSA scheme from Rathbun, Headley says he quickly confirmed with two of the named friends that the operation had existed.

"Until I saw the documents, everybody thought I was paranoid and crazy when I told them that OSA had spies who were pretending to be my friends. Then I saw the documents and found out it was worse than I thought," Headley says.

There are several more pages in the OSA report that go into more detail about how Headley's friends were used to gather information about him. There is back and forth about which ones should attend a birthday party. The comings and goings of the Headleys is described so that their garbage can be collected and sifted without detection. There is also a long list of media telephone numbers and call durations that document which magazines and newspapers Headley was talking to. "My phone records were hacked like every month," he says. Despite all that activity, however, Headley was able to build a strong business even though his friends were spying on him.

Finally, the original document ends with a SMERSH-like touch that we find extremely weird and amusing. The OSA operatives created a diagram, complete with small explosive symbols, to show how they were going to cut off the Headleys from their friends in an emphatic way. Gaze on it and remind yourself, "this is a tax-exempt church":

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UPDATE: After we posted this story on Friday about OSA's operation against Marc Headley, we got a call from Frank Oliver, a former OSA operative who we've talked to before about other stories. He wanted to share some documents with us that would go to further characterize how OSA schemes work.

Oliver was in Scientology only from 1986 to 1992, but during that time he went from an OSA volunteer to an actual staff member, and helped oversee numerous spying operations. Later, he was asked to testify in several court cases, and he still has his official OSA and other Scientology documents, which were entered as court exhibits.

The documents in that court record, Oliver says, help explain the mindset of OSA employees who investigate and harass current and former members of Scientology, as well as critics and journalists. Looking through them, including a voluminous checklist that new OSA employees must go through to learn how to investigate people, I couldn't help saying to Oliver that the documents came across as creepy.

He directed me to a statement at the top of document that prefaced what he called a "hat pack" -- a training manual, as it were. It contains this statement of purpose for the Department of Special Affairs (which is under the OSA umbrella):

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In case you're having a hard time reading it, that's L. Ron Hubbard's marching orders for OSA: "To help LRH investigate public matters and individuals which seem to impede human liberty so that such matters may be exposed and to furnish intelligence required in guiding the progress of Scientology."

"You want to talk about creepy, that's creepy," Oliver said.

The totalitarian language really kicks in with another document:

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And later in the same document:

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And Oliver had other documents that more specifically laid out how investigations were to proceed. One of the most remarkable, dated 1991, involved getting private flight information by lying to Airlines through their "frequent flyer" clubs:

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I asked Oliver if this approach actually worked. "It did at the time," he said.

I wrote a story in 2000 about a woman, Tory Bezazian (Christman today), who was mystified that, as she made a bid for freedom from Scientology with a series of flights across the country, there were always OSA operatives waiting for her at the gate, seemingly completely aware of her flight itineraries. She had no idea how they accomplished this. Oliver's document might help explain that.

I asked Oliver if the 2006 OSA documents unearthed about Marc Headley showed that the operation was running any differently than it was when he ran such schemes in the early 1990s.

"I think they've actually gotten worse," he said.

Follow this link to see the entire court pack of Oliver's OSA documents.


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Tony Ortega is the editor-in-chief of The Village Voice. Since 1995, he's been writing about Scientology at several publications. Among his other stories about L. Ron Hubbard's organization:

The Larry Wollersheim Saga -- Scientology Finally Pays For Its Fraud
The Tory Bezazian (Christman) Story -- How the Internet Saved A Scientologist From Herself
The Jason Beghe Defection -- A Scientology Celebrity Goes Rogue
The Robert Cipriano Case -- A Hellacious Example of Fair Game
The Paul Haggis Ultimatum -- The 'Crash' Director Tells Scientology to Shove It
The Marc Headley Escape -- 'Tom Cruise Told Me to Talk to a Bottle'
The Aaron Saxton Accusation -- Australia turns up the heat on Scientology
The Jefferson Hawkins Stipulation -- Scientology's former PR genius comes clean
The Daniel Montalvo Double-Cross -- Scientology lures a young defector into a trap
A Church Myth Debunked -- Scientology and Proposition 8
Daniel Montalvo Strikes Back -- Scientology Hit with Stunning Child-Labor Lawsuits
When Scientologists Attack -- The Marty Rathbun Intimidation
A Scientologist Excommunicated -- The Michael Fairman SP Declaration
The Richard Leiby Operation -- Investigating a reporter's divorce to shut him up
The Hugh Urban Investigation -- An academic takes a harsh look at Scientology's past
Giovanni Ribisi as David Koresh -- A precedent for a Scientology-Branch Davidian link
Janet Reitman's Inside Scientology -- A masterful telling of Scientology's history
The Western Spy Network Revealed? -- Marty Rathbun ups the ante on David Miscavige
Scientology's Enemies List -- Are You On It?
Inside Inside Scientology -- An interview with author Janet Reitman
Scientology and the Nation of Islam -- Holy Doctrinal Mashup, Batman!
Scientologists -- How Many of Them Are There, Anyway?
Roger Weller's Wild Ride -- Scientology When it was Hip


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dagobarbz
dagobarbz

Frank Oliver was to be one of Keith Henson's witnesses, to attest to OSA harassment and dirty tricks. The scummy Riverside judge, hand-picked out of retirement by the cult, rejected Oliver's evidence as "too old."

And yet, he allowed passages from a book published in the 70s,  'The Great Mambo Chicken and the Transhuman Condition,' which mentioned Keith Henson going out into the desert with friends to blow stuff up.

So Oliver's testimony was "too old," yet they allow in a book published much earlier than Oliver's activity. The book, of course, favored the Scientology argument that Henson was capable of launching a 'Tom Cruise missile.'

mjm
mjm

so the Emmy noms were just announced and Elisabeth Moss is nominated for Best Actress in a Dramatic Series. I'm starting to question if she's out of the cult because after her divorce from SNL'er Fred Armisen, I remember she told an interviewer she wasn't a Scientologist. strange...(her father is a colleague of Chick Corea and is a hardcore Scilon)

mjm
mjm

Duncan Williams, one of the News of the World phone hackers who got arrested, was an OSA spy. makes me wonder about Murdoch. he was/is pals with a fellow Aussie billionaire who is a Scilon 

Howard Roark
Howard Roark

It will be interesting to see how “cold chrome steel” fares in a U.S. Federal criminal courtroom when these people are facing Federal criminal charges.

David Miscavige may be the “who” but he is not alone. He has a cabal around him that keeps him propped up and they go by the name of the RTC and OSA. Miscavige is not the one who shows up at your home at 11PM demanding more money. That is the tax/tithe Division, known as the IAS or International Association of Scientologists.

Miscavige, his RTC, OSA, the IAS and their supporters are criminals of the highest order. They want your money. All of it.

They want your labor, preferably for free as a slave in the Sea Organization, but if you are a *degraded being* who doesn’t qualify they will take you on staff at one of their empty orgs.

They want your friends.

They want your children.

It’s that simple.

CofS Exit Zone
CofS Exit Zone

Now that's one helluva update! And soooooo good to hear Frank Oliver is still out there alive, well & interested in kicking in his added expertise when its relevant.

/SALUTE OG - thank you for all your delicous dox Frank!

Joe Lynn
Joe Lynn

Scientology Watching can be an informative and entertaining sport, but, it has its pitfalls.  The *visible* data tends to be as full of disinformation as information and the provenance of 'evidence' is seldom (except, thank god, in court documents) clear.  Still, even disinformation can be informative, especially in revealing what 'someone' *wants* you to believe.  These 'gems from the OSA Vault' being a case in point.

Marty Rathbun (and at least by association, Mike Rinder) have been allowing these tidbits of 'OSA Ops' to trickle out for about a year now.  There are at least a half-dozen known examples, going from people like Tory Christman and Chuck Beatty (who were the first published examples) to Mark Ebner (who only mentioned that he'd received one detailing OSA activities against him) and now Marc and Claire Headley, with a couple of others I forget right off hand.  There may be more; all 'sourced' from Marty Rathbun (or Mike Rinder?) and all with something in common:  None are the *originals* of the OSA documents.  None have any 'courtroom' value whatsoever, lacking any 'provenance' at all.  None of which reveal *any* illegal activities by the 'Church' or its in-house Gestapo.  All they are is pieces of paper, at least so far, with no indication that they're complete, accurate or unedited.

Are they credible?  Sure; they jibe well with other, better 'sourced' examples and detail activities the 'Church' of Scientology's Office of Special Affairs are known to have engaged in, but, that's part of the problem; the activities described are trifling, considering the full pallette of attacks Scientology's OSA is *known* to have engaged in to harrass, discredit and attack people considered 'enemies' by the 'Church'.

Any Scientology Watcher who's been around longer than three or four years could only come to the conclusion that 'OSA Has Gone Soft', if we were to judge by what's been revealed here.  Shocking?  Only to the ignorant.

So, that's *one* idea we're *supposed* to come away with; This is the 'Worst of OSA', the baddest of the bad and there aint no more'.

Except, of course, that even by Marty and Mike's *own* narrative, they're known to do much worse, including such skullduggery as cell-phone and computer hacking being only a small part of the actually *criminal* activity the 'Church' has supposedly committed against Marty Rathbun and Mike Rinder themselves!  Which, if you happen to grant Rathbun and Rinder credibility, is understandable.  After all, they *are* the Number One targets and enemies of Miscavige, not small fry like Marc Headley, who was revealing violence in the upper echelons of Scientology years before Marty deigned to corroborate the story for the St. Petersburg Times.

But, the revelations of these purported 'OSA Op Documents' (edited, culled, bowlderized or not) raises *other* questions, such as 'where are the rest?'   After all, somewhere, where these came from, there are boxes and boxes of such documents, detailing attacks against hundreds of people.  Where are they?

Marty has been pretty cavalier in refusing to say where *his* documents came from, after all, we should be grateful for *any* leaks.  But, they show up with regularity now, and it seems likely that there are *more* to come, if and when Rathbun decides that passing them on serves his own purposes; whatever they may be.  But, merely claiming 'operational security' and 'need to know' as a rationalization for the teasing OSA Peep Show can't stop speculation on the actual source of these documents.   Obviously, Rathbun would like to suggest that he maintains sources *within* Scientology, but, it's also been speculated that Mike Rinder took them when *he* blew, and, that speculation couldn't be dismissed out of hand, even if it doesn't explain why so few have turned up so far. 

But, that's yet another bit of 'meta-information' that the latest Headley collection reveals.  Because, Headley was *not* an OSA Target while Mike Rinder was still 'in', so Mike couldn't have escaped with this bit of documentation.   Which means that somehow, somebody *still in* Scientology is passing this info to Rathbun.   So, what we know right now is that *somebody* has boxes of these 'documents'; either Rathbun/Rinder, or Somebody unknown within Scientology and one or the other is *slowly* leaking them out, and, it's the 'trickle' down method that is itself revealing;  Somebody is *manipulating* the available information.  For some unknown reason.  Hmm.  Who could that be?

So, whether watching Scientology or 'independent Scientology', we can know some of what we *don't'* know, but, it's dangerous to assume that we 'know' what we're supposed to *think* we know :)

On another note though, Marty Rathbun and Mike Rinder have been pretty cagey in letting people believe that they're 'cooperating' with law enforcement, whether the FBI or others.  For the most part that belief is foundationless beyond sly insinuations.  With one more blatant exception; in the course of the 'The New Yorker' story, Mike Rinder is quoted as saying that he was contacted by the FBI.  Along with a number of other people.  Does that mean he was?  No; it means that when asked by The New Yorker, he *told* them he was. 

But, why would either claim such a thing, if it didn't happen?  Why would Rathbun and Rinder blithely allow their supporters to believe that they were cooperating with Law Enforcement if they weren't.  Even if it does take some pressure off them to 'tell all' to the public at large, concerning the 20+ years of criminal activity they personally committed and colluded in?  Hmm?

Now, I have to admit, there's an awful lot I don't know, and, I don't have any cool 'secret' sources of info to fall back on, but, I'll tell you one thing; I think it's ludicrous to think that a Rathbun or Rinder who were actually cooperating with the FBI would be allowed to 'leak' these tidbits of OSA Intel, for whatever murky purposes.   They would be told to shut up.  Period.

Nancy Goodban
Nancy Goodban

Thank you so much for this.  Such and evil and very scary cult.   I have a sibling trapped at Sea Org in Hemet so I am almost afraid to post.  I wish the Sea Org staff were allowed to read what's out there in the media and on the Internet.  They are totally brainwashed.

Entheta Machine
Entheta Machine

Great article.  You, Mark Headley and Chuck Beatty are courageous men.  Thanks! and keep up the good work.

anotherlook
anotherlook

When Theresa Duncan and Jeremy Blake killed themselves after claiming COS stalked and spied on them relentlessly, they were ultimately dismissed as both mentally unstable. Maybe in light of all these new revelations about the "church," it's time to take another look at what happened to them. 

Franklinwelsh
Franklinwelsh

Holy Holiness begeeezzus...Sceintology stealing people's trash  (please somebody get mini cams on your garbage), calumny, intimidation, threats, framing people, pretending to befriend people (YUCK!!)  spying celebrities, this is horrific. What religion does that?!

Franklinwelsh
Franklinwelsh

Excellent article. This is a  crucial anatomy on which the Scientology Cult abuse hinges.  They "help" with the intent to control and manipulate. It is not clean. 

BTW does anybody know what is up with the Author Services Writers of the Future site? You can tell they are trying to collect "names" to give them stature and credibility but 60% of the people are dead! And listed as Judges?!?!?!

Guest
Guest

Just curious, why do people say  scientologists are uneducated?

sizzle8
sizzle8

Regarding the diagram, in the 80's there was a procedure called "Rollback" where a person suspected of being disloyal was interrogated about his connections.  He was asked to list from whom he had heard anything negative. Charts were then made up showing who said what to whom.  The theory was that you could follow the chart to show who was at the bottom of any questioning or criticism.

Chuckbeatty77
Chuckbeatty77

The best way to flush out Scientologist spies, is talk the "Xenu" "War of Fire" "4th dynamic engram", explain "body thetans" to them simply, and explain the "upper levels" to them.   That is the best way to flush out Scientology spies.   It's advanced anti Scientologist spy methods that work.   You really have to talk the OT 5 Hubbard theory with Scientologists, and it will weed out the official ones.   That forces Office of Special Affairs to rely on only the highest case level Scientologists to do the "contact" work, or forces OSA to hire PIs to do the talking, since OSA doesn't care if the PIs "cases" are "messed up" by the "Xenu" and "body thetans" theory talk.It's hard to understand, but Hubbard's OWN writings and precautions, are the best tactics to use on Scientologist spies, when they use their parishioners as spies.   I noticed that after a while, they only sent the Scientologists who had reached OT 7 and OT 8 to talk to me!   Talk "Xenu" and "body thetans" freely, to any lower level Scientologists who think are "spies", works like a charm.   Chuck Beatty, ex Sea Org, 1975-2003    

CofS Exit Zone
CofS Exit Zone

Wow - this really lays out the spiritual terrorism intricately woven into the scientological system where the systemic factors that make evil deeds justified (in their minds) and turn the claims of uphloding positive factors for society a blatant & obvious lie.

Well done, Tony! /SALUTE

Karen de la Carriere
Karen de la Carriere

Normally a Church is thought of as a sanctuary.  A safe place to visit, perhaps a place in which to meditate and reflect.

In the Church of Scientology, escapees who are fleeing the ABUSE and ATROCITIES actually need help from Law Enforcement to ESCAPE with PROTECTION.

Riverside Sheriff's have been called to help the following ESCAPE

Marc HeadleyAndre TabayoyinJeff Walker Jesse Prince

This has not gone un-noticed by Riverside Country Sherriffs and other agencies.

Who exits a Church with a Police escort ?

Here's an excerpt from an Email I received >>>>>Here’s a recent Email excerpt where LAPD has to do the rescue ~~ (25 year veteran fleeing)

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As we stepped outside, I saw a pay phone. I immediately jumped at it, dialed 911. “What is your emergency/” “I am being held against my will by the Church of Scientology. I need police protection immediately. “ The blast of adrenaline literally left my body shaking, and my voice trembling. My Security guard clicked the receiver and cut me off. I told him my security guard to back off, at this point I was being held against my will and this is kidnapping. 911 called me right back. I proceeded to get their help. My Security watch was worried –for himself. He blurted out, “Think what they will do to me if I let you go.” (RPF’s RPF)

I felt badly for him but I now needed to watch out for myself.

Within minutes two police cars arrived. I asked if they wouldn’t mind questioning my Guard and delay him so that he doesn’t run off to tell the other security guards. I explained I needed to at least get taken back to the Anthony building to get my things and I would leave. The police were accommodating. I stripped off the shackle of the blue boiler suite and threw it in the trash. Two officers drove me back to the Anthony Building and came in with me.

When an SO officer attempted to intercept them, I simply told her that this was under control, they were with me. They were let through, I went upstairs, gathered my duffle bag. I believe what they saw shocked and awed them – appalling living conditions in full view. One of the officers commented, “ Can you believe this?” looking at the overcrowded berthing, dilapidated ceiling. My final request to them was to drop me off somewhere down Western Avenue away from the area.

One of the officers reminded me that they were not in the business of giving out free rides. I reminded him that as long as I was near them, the security guards could come after me and get me back, and I felt that my life was in danger and required police protection. Well, they surprised me. They drove down Western and turned their sirens on behind a taxi cab and pulled it over. When the driver asked them what he did wrong, they told him to give me a ride to wherever I needed to go.

I thanked the Officers. I headed to the airport. I had my credit card on me. As soon as I got to LAX, I got a one way ticket to New York and took off 20 minutes later On that flight I kept turning around looking for security guards. I made it, I escaped.>>>>>>

LAPD helping a Sea Org member ESCAPE.

blownforgood
blownforgood

Miglio,

 

Why don't you hold off on making any silly inaccurate comments until the rest of the OSA files on Fisher are released/leaked. In fact, most of the info in regards to Fisher have been released and exposed. The fact that you do NOT know that proves you have done little to no looking. You know what you been told. We know what you've been told as well as the actual facts. We have the advantage and that is why more and more people know what you guys are up to.

 

But I digress. Your intent is to misdirect and Dead Agent the facts and derail the comments.

 

Art of War is supposed to be the OSA playbook. You should reread it. Dave Miscavige is following two chapters at most. The others chapters, if followed might possibly help. Meanwhile we will all pretend that it is no disadvantage to you that your main playbook is over 1500 years old.

 

The rest of your OSA tech is from the 70's.

 

Also, David Miscavige's only recent OSA tech update was having OSA & RTC repeatedly watch the movies "No Way Out" and "Internal Affairs" which are both from the late 80's or early 90's. DM most likely would liken himself to the character Richard Gere plays, just so you know.

 

You would do well to read some of the recent books that have come out. You would learn more facts about what you are doing that you are being "allowed" to know.

 

You can get them easily and without it being known about by your scientology handlers. Just do a "scientology" search on Amazon.com and you will see what the top selling books on your group are. In contrast to what you have been told, none of them are written by L Ron Hubbard.

 

I dare you to get the REAL facts. You will thank me later as do most of the people I speak to.

 

Good luck.

 

Until Next time...

BFG

JustCallMeMary
JustCallMeMary

This is one of your best articles on Scientology, Tony. The Headleys, Chuck Beatty and Jeff Hawkins are 4 of the most sincere but sharp thorns in the butt of Scientology. Jeff Hawkins and Marc Headley went on to write riveting books which memorialize the workings and insanities of this organization. OSA failed big time in trying to stop them from speaking up..

Mark Fisher
Mark Fisher

Oh and by the way, there is only one Suzette in Scientology and everyone who is a former Scientologist reading this story knows exactly who that is.

TonyOrtega
TonyOrtega

Keith Henson! Now there's a name I haven't heard in a long time. It might be interesting to take another look at that episode one of these days. Thanks for reminding me...

JustCallMeMary
JustCallMeMary

mjm, where ever do you get these ideas? There is no report of Elizabeth Moss saying she isn't a scientologist, only media reports that Fred Armisen is not and never was one and that this might be why they divorced. Moss was raised in Scientology by artistic parents who had been sucked into the celebrity hold of this cult before her birth. Her father, Ron Moss, is Chick Corea's manager. Her mother and brother are musicians. She started out young as an actress.She's just another Scientology 'celeb', except she's blessed with some talent that Scientology had nothing to do with creating. All we can do is hope she wakes up but there is no sign in sight that she already has.

Gary Lee-Nova
Gary Lee-Nova

Wow !!! 

Wouldn't it be wonderful to have a machine-readable copy of that Frank Oliver PDF?

What an enormous list of "Declared Supressive" individuals !!!

Plus, a gold mine of LRH psycho-babble!

Thank you again, Tony. This is a fabulous "leak."

Marty Rugburn
Marty Rugburn

This is shweet stuff Tony. Thanks for all you do!

smorgysamuel
smorgysamuel

it definitely raises questions. I don't get it.  Are they really looking after parishioners or just getting them to take the leap off a sinking boat?   All looks crazy to me.  Not very transparent.  And I heard the OSA Blackmail Blogs contained info on some people that was worded *exactly* how it was confided in Rathbun.  What's that about?  How do we know for sure?   They are all whacky and don't seem to be able to have real trust or relationships.

TonyOrtega
TonyOrtega

Thanks for the (sufficiently jaded) view, Joe. But if Headley's friends being turned into spies isn't sufficiently evil for you, please keep in mind that at Runnin' Scared we're not writing for a small fraternity of old time critics and newer Anons who have seen all and done all. Believe me, the more you do this kind of work, the more you run into people who say, "So what is this thing Scientology, anyway?"

To me, it's remarkable to be getting new, formerly secret documents out of Scientology that show in recent years they're doing the same dirty-tricks stuff they've done for years and years. And for newer readers, this may be their first encounter with the idea of a "church" that has an official spy wing.

I understand why some doubt the provenance of Marty's documents -- which was the entire point of this exercise. Headley doesn't have the same stigma that Rathbun and Rinder do, and that's why his confirmation of these documents -- and the Voice confirming with one of the spies themselves -- is what's important here. Not your feelings about what Rathbun was involved with earlier. That's a separate story, and one we plan to vigorously pursue.

For now, we have great new documents about Headley, about Cardone, and now testimony from Placido Domingo Jr. These are exciting new developments in what's happening NOW in Scientology, whether you think they measure up to Operation Freakout or whatever.

JustCallMeMary
JustCallMeMary

Well, I agree. Seems the Gus Van Sant movie based upon Vanity Fair's questionable 'The Golden Suicides' article has gone no where, and rightfully so. It was biased from the start. One would think that the author had a grudge on her ex-husband, the christian minister friend and landlord who informed the police about the problems they had with scientology and about Blake's notepad full of evidence that they were being harassed by the church.

It's a shame that Blake and Duncan didn't live to see and participate in the worldwide Anonymous anti-scientology protests against that began 7 months later. The last 4 years has been abundant in testimonies of harassment and along with those, and articles like this, we find plausbility and creedence to the deceased's claims.

Franklinwelsh
Franklinwelsh

Scientology ganged up on the medical examiner in the Lisa McPherson criminal charges of wrongful death, and harassed, bullied, tormented and  famous OSA"freak out" tactics drove her to quit her job and she had a nervous breakdown. Criminal that they use their knowledge of the mind to harm people.

Gary Lee-Nova
Gary Lee-Nova

I don't know, but your observation is astute.

Large numbers of people do say and write that scientologists are uneducated. All that scientologists appear to know is LRH and DM spew. It's a very tragic loss of human mental potential, as is any cult based fundamentalism. 

In the case of scientology, it clearly amounts to cases of weapons-grade-stupidity; a level of intelligence that is so low, it can cause serious harm to anyone coming into contact with it.

JustCallMeMary
JustCallMeMary

Yup. You got that right. Thanks for bringing this up.

Howard Roark
Howard Roark

I never thought of that but its a good tactic.  thanks.

LeoRyan78
LeoRyan78

You're not supposed to salute Tony, you're supposed to salute his dog. Or maybe his gerbil, I forget. :P

Reichstan
Reichstan

Do you really live all the creeds of Scientology and look after / counsel / help people who leave?

Ferdinandy
Ferdinandy

OK I asked before and didn't get an answer. Karen de la Carriere this is you the auditor right??  I am NOT a Scientologist.  I'm trying to understand and have been following stuff.  So I always thought Scio Auditors were into respecting and liberating people from their encasement...correct? And I wonder on your website what the photos you post of yourself  in sex kitten poses have to do with that activity!??  I saw one you called "Socialite" and then "Ambassador Dream" with make up and flirty and big hair you know the soft blurry lens ones you post everywhere.   Is this a Sciontologese thing? Like making up of identities?

Howard Roark
Howard Roark

God Damn them!  All of those Sea Organization security, the IAS, OSA, the RTC and most of all David Miscavige.

JustCallMeMary
JustCallMeMary

The truth is stranger than fiction. I heard you on God Discussion blog Radio last night and I do hope you will take up their offer to do a show with them to tell more of all that happened and what you know from all your years in the Sea Org. Thank you, Karen.

Mark Miglio
Mark Miglio

Mark Fisher---- You must be kidding, right?  You have hit a new low.  You are clearly interested in being a fictional writer but we already have enough people here who are fictionalizing the Church of Scientology.     Granted you have beat them with your comment, "there is only one...and we know who that is", but please consider that you have gone too far.  Besides all that, Mark, Scientology is your friend -- be fair to us.  If you didn't like being a part if us, you should have left right away. 

If we had kept tabs on you if was because you threatened us -- anyone has a right to do that.  I will never give up my rights to protect myself; that is why I am an American.

Joe Lynn
Joe Lynn

Keith survived his brush with travesty and is out and about, but being kind of low key.  On another note, Scientology's own tame County Supervisor, Jeff Stone, has managed to get his name in the news again, recently, with his 'suggestion' to have Southern California secede from California and become the 51st state.  For those so unwary as to pronounce the 'Church' of Scientology 'dead' and promote the idea of 'getting over it'; no, the stench is not death.   Ganggrene maybe. 

TonyOrtega
TonyOrtega

Yeah, Gary, that SP list is amazing. A bit old, but still nice to have.

smorgysamuel
smorgysamuel

Good point.  Like your objective journalism.

Joe Lynn
Joe Lynn

Thanks for the reply Tony, and, jaded as I am, I'm grateful not to be accused of tin-foil-hattery, today at least :)

I'm hardly up to claiming a title of 'old-time-critic' considering how long you've been reporting on Scientology and how influential your own work has been on my education.  That said, I have a quibble with your reply; maybe a couple.

Because, it's not about doubting the provenance of these 'OSA Docs'; they have none.  And, they have no provenance specifically *because* there is no 'chain of evidence'.  Anyone attempting to present these in a court as 'evidence' would be laughed out of the room, *despite* corroboration by the parties involved that, 'yes, that *did* happen and yes, I can say independently that this document reflects my own experience.'

Which is what I said in the first place; I have no doubt that the 'documents' *as far as they go* accurately reflect some of the activities of the Office of Special Affairs, both in intention and actually carried out 'Ops'.  And, if I seem to be saying 'but, they're not credible, because they're less malicious and illegal than previous 'Ops', well, the documents (which aren't) seem to reveal elements of Real-World 'Ops' that *did* happen, but, like any good lie, they stick close to the truth, except when they don't.

So, yes, I believe Marc and Jeff and any other unnamed witnesses who recognize bits of this 'Op'.  I'm not saying that the 'intel' is incredible because it doesn't rise to 'Operation Snow White' or 'Operation Freakout' levels and that threfore it didn't happen.  I'm saying the *documents* seem deliberately culled of any potentially *damaging* (except in the PR sense, which it's too late for anyway) content.   Everything described is obsessively *legal*.

This reminds me of the guy stopped by the Highway Patrol, who quickly 'confesses' to having a lapsed registration and takes his ticket, in order to avoid having Eric Estrada check the trunk for the body he's transporting.

In a way, the revelation of Marc Headley's 'Op' is a milestone in the 'Trickle Out' system Rathbun has been using for these revelations.  First, it's the first I can think of that reveals information that could *not* have originated with Rinder's 'blow'.  Second, it's the first that hasn't gotten a prime billing on Marty Rathbun's *own* blog, where he was more concentrating on his 'Independents Day Party' and the sob story about meany Squirrelbusters.

So, I admit, I'm jaded, but, still fascinated.

What's *missing* in the 'Headley Op' is such things as the cell phone hacking etc. that Marty is claiming for himself, as Target #1.  Because, that would be *illegal*.  If we are to believe Marty, OSA operates entirely legally, on lawyers advice, *except* against Marty Rathbun and Friends.

I got a good chuckle about his 'Tales From LA' exploits, where he and Mike took the batteries out of their cell-phones to disappear, then replaced them to call their tails :)

Strangely enough, I even believe it :)  Although, not quite as intended.

Guest
Guest

 That makes a lot of sense, thanks.  It would seem believable, that if the leaders and constituency of scientology never had a real education, then that would affect their followers, especially since they want the money of their followers, funds that otherwise could be used for education.

CofS Exit Zone
CofS Exit Zone

actually, i want to have Tony's internet babies. And if saluting his dog is an ends to means.... i might consider it.

Tony would of course have to pose for pix wearing the guy fawkes mask tho before i'd actually do it ;)

Leo Ryan
Leo Ryan

And I'll repeat what I said elsewhere. 

Let me spell it out for you.  Your question if not meant to be obnoxious, is rude and irrelevant to what Karen has to say.  If you don't understand that, then I might believe you are "not a Scientologist, but.."

Do you know have a point to make other than an implied ad hominem?  Because right now you are just looking like a sleaze.

AmoreCassie
AmoreCassie

Mark Miglio...that's cretin(o) speak and exactly what Scientology does, twist and turn it around.   Like you are a victim.   Please, that is sick.   Get help.   Run out your overts.  Quit motivating. Defend yourself??   from WHAT? Former members who just want to live?   People who communicate to each other?  People LOOKING and making up their minds for themselves?  Your rhetoric is old, stale and rotten.   The "defense" you are justifying is cowardly, sneaky, deceptive and cheating, it is not forthright and decent.  You bully and harass when you should be helping the world.

Scientia
Scientia

"Whenever an observer himself has fixed ideas he tends to look at them, not at the information." -- LRH, HCO PL 19 May 1970, Data Series 8, SANITY.

MarkStark
MarkStark

Mark Fisher is a fictional writer? Gee, I thought he was real, and sells insurance or something.

SFF
SFF

So, you say he's making everything up but also acknowledge that Scientology was keeping tabs on him. What exactly is he making up?

Also, while you have a right to protect yourself, I'm not sure how inherently gives the Church of Scientology a right to spy on ex members. Freedom of religion includes the right to leave a religion and freedom of speech the right to express your reasons for leaving.

How are either of those "threats" of a level to warrant what you have acknowledged to be the Church of Scientology's response?

Additionally, even if the Church of Scientology's behavior in this regard is technically legal, doesn't a group that calls itself "the most ethical people on the planet" have an obligation to hold itself to a higher standard than the minimum legal requirement?

JustCallMeMary
JustCallMeMary

Oh, pleeeze~! How little you know about what is really going on outside the Scientology Truman Show.

BTW, thanks for admitting you were in on the church of scientology operation of keeping 'tabs on" Mark Fisher

tai1221
tai1221

Great article, I tried to convince as many people to vote out Stone. Alas, we are stuck with him again. I grew up in Hemet, and never knew the atrocities committed just a short drive way. Reading Blown for Good was very disturbing, knowing where everything he talked about was.

Joe Lynn
Joe Lynn

Tony, you'd have to do a lot more than flirt with Rathbunism to get out of my good graces :)  That said, you may need to M9 Wordclear 'Pan Determinism' and 'The Enemy of My Enemy Is My Friend' to solve my Raised Hackles Syndrome.

On another note though; wasn't it about 2 year ago, before the Ozzie 'Today Tonight' segment that Mike Rinder announced on MartyWorld that he had enough evidence to put David Miscavige behind bars (literally) but, that he wouldn't so so till the BBC 'Panorama' broadcast, because he'd promised them prior publication?

I think it's safe to say at *this* point that the *last* thing either Marty or Mike want is a criminal prosecution of Scientology *or* David Miscavige. 

TonyOrtega
TonyOrtega

Also, Joe, I will try to get back in your good graces soon -- with AUDIO of an OSA operation in action. That's all I'll say for now. But it should be rather blockbuster-y.

TonyOrtega
TonyOrtega

I hear you, Joe. I understand why you might be suspicious, for example, that Marty didn't make these documents public on his blog like he has the others.

But if I told you he chose instead to give these documents to Marc because they were about Marc's own life, and he wanted Marc to make the decision what to do with them -- well, I know, that doesn't sound like mean old Marty Rathbun. But it's what happened in this case.

As for the phone hacking, I did mention that it was on one of the other documents in this operation. I'll let Marc decide whether to make that document public on his own.

Franklinwelsh
Franklinwelsh

Nothing. It's a Scientology tactic...they just call anybody they consdier a threat (thinking person)  a liar, criminal or whore as a rule of thumb.

Franklinwelsh
Franklinwelsh

Good catch Mary!  Speaking of fictionalizing Mark, why are more than half the judges on Writer's of the Future website dead?!?   And listed as Judges in the contest?  Are they operating from beyond?  It looks creepy and pretentious, like Scientology doesn't want to let go of the shield of their good names it's hiding behind.

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